Thursday, April 01, 2010

And the Sun is Yellow because...

It’s Theme Thursday again. The theme this week is YELLOW.

Yellow...now...when you think of yellow you might think of the piss-yellow my blog background is. I do that as a subliminal joke to make you have to pee...

When I think of yellow, I think of the sun. That’s because I live in a town lacking in sun and therefore it’s on my mind most of the winter and spring. It’s just that way, we think about the things we lack and take for granted the things that we have plenty of. For example, evergreen trees…I rarely think about them until I drive through somewhere like Ohio and suddenly I’m missing my big trees and lack of endless urban sprawl…things like that.

But why is the sun yellow? Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun…but mama, that’s where the fun is….oh wait, that’s a 70s song by Manfred Mann…actually, it’s a cover of a Bruce Springsteen song…but I digress.

I have trouble with the concept of the sun being yellow. Being an educated man (they made me go, I might as well use it for something) I know the sun’s surface is a little over 5,000 degrees Celsius. That’s some ridiculous number in Fahrenheit for you that lack conversion skills and access to the metric system.

Now I know when I get overzealous in the kitchen and cook something in the oven at 5,000 degrees Celsius, it glows bright red. Red is hotter than yellow…everyone knows that. Hell’s décor is red, not yellow. Things are red-hot, not yellow-hot. And yet here’s this burning star tricking us with its yellow appearance.

Now according to the source of all curious, Wikipedia, the sun actually is white. Just great…wait until the NAACP get a hold of that piece of trivia. Next thing you know, the entire solar system will be deemed racist. Perhaps if I suggest they've still got black holes...nevermind...



Apparently it appears yellow because of “atmosphere scattering”. This just means that the light cannot proceed in a direct path once it reaches our atmosphere. Think of it as the physical world’s version of the Costco parking lot where you can’t get directly out to the street. They have to direct you around past the front and through sixteen other obstacles in the slowest possible route before being able to continue in a straight line.

Oh…and inside the sun contains that same yellow goo that explodes out of those stress toys when you use them too much. Ok, I made that up…but it IS April Fool’s Day you know…

42 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Happy Yellow Day or is it April Fool's Day.

Just fooling around here.

God bless.

anthonynorth said...

Enjoyed that. Yes, the sun is as yellow as the sky is blue.

Mrsupole said...

I almost forgot, the Ride is from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA. If you visit Christina's site, then you can actually take a Google Ride following the route that they are taking. It is actually kinda neat to see where the route takes them. I think that it would be a nice drive to take someday.

I am wondering how they will get all those bicycles back up to Vancouver. When I have taken a plane from Seattle to Vancouver, it was on one of those small commuter planes that you wonder where the heck they put your luggage. I mean, you know it is in the belly of the plane, but it only seats about 40 people, and if someone burps (I was gonna say farts) then everyone on the plane can hear it. Not sure a bicycle would fit inside of it.

Anyway, it is worth looking at the route. Maybe someday you could participate and take The Ride to Conquer Cancer.

And if you or anyone wants to contribute to help "The Ride To Conquer Cancer", well that would be fantastic. Every dollar helps.

God bless.

Tom said...

i'm just happy to see the sun, yellow or white. I almost thought it had left us.

Collette said...

...Blinded by the light....Oh, sorry. Love that song.
They also say not to look at the sun during an eclipse. Hmm...Very mysterious thing that yellow-white thing is. Isn't it also a star? Damn science lesson making me think this early in the morning:)

CatLadyLarew said...

Ah... one of your finest and most informative posts, VE. I shall go directly to school without passing GO and regale the pre-schoolers with these fun facts about the sun and then make them do the conversions to the metric system. Because I want them to be smart and all.

Brian Miller said...

i would make a serious comment but i have to go pee now...

Subby said...

Nuthin' subliminal about your back-ground colour, at all...um excuse me...***flush***

And now that I've got another earworm ( thank you very much... )

sharonheg said...

Sunny day...keeping the clouds away...

BTW, I wouldn't want my pee to be that color...looks sorta like a urinary tract infection.

Subby said...

Ooh almost forgot...thanks for the update. Any-time you ant those Pop-tarts...

The Incredible Woody said...

First!!!

The Incredible Woody said...

April Fools=) I'm clever like that. Plus it's my birthday!!

Roy said...

Just in case anyone was wondering, 5,000º C is 9,032º F.

So the sun is white-hot; this is news? Heh, heh!

Roy Scribner said...

Great, now I've got that damn Coldplay song stuck in my head.

VE said...

Mrsupole – It’s both! And the perfect color to describe the sun on this day…

Anthonynorth – Yes, let’s not get started with the sky either…

Mrsupole – Thanks for pointing out the ride…I’ll look into it

Tom – It certainly feels like it left here. It’s snowed more than two feet in the last couple of days. Well, not in town but up on the mountain…good skiing still…

Collette – Oh, and then you sit under it too long and you die of skin cancer…go figure!

Catladylarew – Excellent. Give them a pop quiz…the Sun is a. yellow b. red c. white d. black!

Brian – I’m just helping make sure all systems are flushed…

Subby – I wondered if anyone would pick up that earworm…hahaha

Sharonheg – Or too many vitamins…or too little water…

Subby –Send me an email at edwelter (at) fibersphere (dot) com and tell me cost with shipping. I’ll paypal you for them…

Incredible woody – Think of all the things I could say about having a birthday on April Fools Day! I’ll restrain myself for you though…

Roy – The math is out there…

Roy – I’m helpful that way…

Elizabeth said...

I don't know this "sun" of which you speak.

Gladys said...

VE living in SoCal you get tired of the sun beaming in your window every damn day when you are trying to sleep in. I long for a couple of rainy days where I can drink hot tea and curl up by the fire with a good book. As it is I am forced to lie on a sunny beach in my bathing suit in the BRIGHT sunshine. Damn the luck.

nanny said...

Good Job!!!! I loved reading this one!!! Darn good laugh!!!!!

Lots of wonderful Yellow Sunshine today........I couldn't live without it....I am truly solar powered!

jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com said...

you are funny!
Happy Thursday!

cute post!

Magpie said...

You have a twisted little mind there...neat way of looking at things. Great take on yellow.

LadyCat said...

Happy sunny, yellow April fool's Day! Just don't eat any yellow snow ; )

ReformingGeek said...

But VE, you didn't explain why pee is yellow?

Beth said...

With every blog I'm reading today, I'm wondering if my fancy is being tickled...
Happy April Fool's Day to you!

Tina said...

So white hot, even hotter than red hot, but certainly not yellow hot. I like the goo part!

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California Girl said...

Not sure what Mrsupole is referring to in her directions but I like yellow goo!!!

Rita said...

Very interesting facts that I intend to share with my know-it-all 13yr old grandson so I can look smarter than the eighth grader.

But, personally, I don't care what color the sun is as long as it continues to rise and set each day. Fill my body with warmth each spring and give me one of those "Yea it's not good for you" tans each summer.

Thanks for the visit. Glad you liked the music. Hope the yellow photos was not a disappointment.

nonamedufus said...

The only "sun" joke I know:

A Russian, an American, and a Blonde were talking one day.

The Russian said, 'We were the first in space!"

The American said, "We were the first on the moon!"

The Blonde said, "So what? We're going to be the first on the sun!"

The Russian and the American looked at each other and shook their heads.

"You can't land on the sun, you idiot! You'll burn up!" said the Russian.

To which the Blonde replied, "We're not stupid, you know. We're going at night!"

Ziva said...

I'm happy I came over, this was funny and interesting and very educational, even though I normally try not to learn anything new - intelligence is so yesterday.

aladdinsane12 said...

the sun is yellow because god peed on it. it's science.

Leah said...

Roy--I was wondering. I'm no good at that celsius thingummy. : )

Your background is the same color as mine. I never thought of it as pee until now! hm...

Chris Wood said...

I can vouch that the sun is full of yellow goo. I picked it up and played with it once when I was on mushrooms. Just like custard, only hotter. I also collapsed the solar system by mistake (sorry).

On the plus side, it got better.

Baino said...

Wow there's goo inside stress toys and I've been missing it all these years . . you're picture has blinded me. The sun hasn't left you folks, it's down here shining yellow!

Anna said...

Some interesting factoids. And a great insight into your personality. Nice treatment of yellow.

lime said...

what color does it appear to color blind people as?

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I can't believe I missed commenting yesterday! Where was I?

PattiKen said...

Probably something else we can blame on the ozone layer...

Thanks, I enjoyed this.

Mine is here.

VE said...

Elizabeth – It’s South…much further South…

Gladys – Like I said…you want the things you don’t have, not the things you do…

Nanny – I must have some other power…my solar power would be empty by late spring here…

Jingley – Thanks and welcome…

Magpie – Actually…I’ve been told it’s not that little…MY MIND…sheesh…

Ladycat – I thought that was the flavored kind…

Reforminggeek – Too many vitamins you got conned into taking…

Beth – I didn’t even know your fancy was ticklish…

Tina – Whatever happened to just “hot”…it always has to be more…wait, I already blogged about that concept this week…

California girl – Depends on what the goo is, of course…

Rita – That’s right…Wikipedia…making your kids feel stupider one parent query at a time…

Nonamedufus – Ha…excellent. I think I know that blonde…

Ziva – I try not to educate here…it’s a lot of work and everyone of my readers knows how I feel about work…

Aladdinsane12 – So God is the one that started taking too many vitamins first then…

Leah – See…you were messing with your readers and you didn’t even know it!

Chris – Try to be more careful with the solar system next time…you can put an eye out with that, you know!

Baino – True, you got the sun and we got the rain. We should do a trade from time to time…

Anne – I’ve been trying to tell people I have a personality…now I’ve got documented proof…thanks!

Lime – White…which is correct anyway. Perhaps color blind people get everything correct and we don’t know it. I think color blind people are the ones keeping Perry Mason on TV all these years too…

Perpetual chocoholic – Late! You’re lucky I’m so lazy about updating my tally. You’ll still get your tally.

Pattiken – This ozone layer is awfully fragile…couldn’t nature have designed a better model?

Janna said...

So, wait... if the white sun got sucked into a black hole, what color would the radiation be?

I'll be back in a moment... for some reason I have to pee.

Marina said...

OMG you are too funny! I enjoyed your post!

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Jaime said...

i never really thought of this background as a piss yellow color

COUNT SNEAKY said...

Stars are white,
Except at night,
When they're mostly
Out of sight.

The Silver Fox said...

I wonder where they got the expression "the eyes of the sun." We all know what it means, but it's a stupid phrase, really. And I'm pretty sure it predates Springsteen, so don't ask him.